Ben's research interests include student voice in new teacher development and the emerging field of improvement research, which is an effort to scale up good ideas in education using a broad range of both outcome and process data. Ben has led work in conjunction with the Hewlett Foundation around spreading deeper learning principles. Follow him on twitter @bendaley.
Ben Sanoff has been a high school teacher and school leader for nine years, primarily at Berkeley High School, and is currently a researcher at Center for Research on Equity and Innovation at the High Tech High GSE. Inspired to become an educator as a result of his educational experiences growing up in Cambridge Massachusetts, Ben attended Colby College, received a Master's of Education from the University of Massachusetts, Boston, and was awarded a Master's of Education in School Leadership from the High Tech High Graduate School of Education.
He served as a social studies teacher, technology coordinator, and teacher leader at Berkeley High, where he was deeply involved in program design, professional development, and technology implementation to help address issues of equity and make instruction more student centered. As technology coordinator, Ben developed a blended learning program and later as a teacher implemented a self paced mastery economics course. In addition, Ben developed a tiered set of interventions for students in AP classes by establishing a partnership with UC Berkeley, recruiting and coordinating undergraduate mentors to serve as study group leaders for students in AP courses. He wrote for and was awarded the UC Berkeley Chancellorship grant to scale up this partnership. Last year his work on student consulting was published in the Unboxed Spring 2016 edition and on the Edweek Deeper Learning blog.